Householders urged to take water precautions

HUNDREDS of householders in Waterford city have been told to take precautions following confirmation of excess levels of lead in a public water supply.

The warning comes after the city council received the latest round of test results from a targeted programme of water testing. Several hundred older homes close to the city centre are affected.

Advice leaflets were yesterday being sent by the council to the householders living in homes which were built before 1970.

They are being told by the council and the HSE to let their cold tap run off a sink full of water, which should then be discarded before water is poured for human consumption. This is particularly important first thing in the morning and when water has not run through the taps for six hours or more.

Waterford City Council director of services Colette Byrne said: “We are continuing to investigate the cause of the breaches of the lead/water limit of 25 microgrammes per litre. While we are doing this and until such a time as we can take corrective action, we are urging householders in the area involved to take the precautions advised by the HSE.”

She said that, outside of the area where excess lead content has been reported, there is “no reason for general concern” about water quality in the city.

“The issue around lead does not arise from our treatment plant, but rather from the lead service pipes through which the water travels closer to homes.”

The area involved contains several hundred older homes close to the city centre, bordered by a line from The Mall, along the Newtown/Dunmore Road as far as Glenville and from Johnstown via John’s Hill, Grange Park, Passage Road, and back to the Dunmore Road.

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